ATSU-KCOM SOMA Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Childhood Cancer Research

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at the A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) hosted a St. Baldricks event on Saturday, March 1. Seven osteopathic medical students and fellows shaved their heads for donations in support of the cause. St. Baldrick’s events have raised approximately $118 million, providing research grants to doctors and scientists at more than 200 institutions to pursue the most promising new cures for childhood cancer, in addition to making clinical trials available to more children than ever. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has hosted more than 4,200 fundraising head-shaving events. For more information, visit

ATSU-SOMA Announces Pilot of Virtual Community Health Center Project

The A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) is pleased to announce the pilot of its Virtual Community Health Center project (VCHC) in collaboration with the National Association of Community Health Centers. In development since 2011, the VCHC is a technology-enhanced, engaging training initiative involving case-based presentations of virtual community health center patients and their families. This initiative responds to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its emphasis on community-oriented primary care. The VCHC is set to debut this summer with first-year ATSU-SOMA students. Over the course of their medical education, students will collaborate to complete a core set of virtual patient cases.

AZCOM/MWU Hosts Cuts for Kids to Benefit March of Dimes and Locks of Love

On March 10, The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ is hosting its 15th Annual Cuts for Kids event. The event included interactive exhibits, fun activities, and professional hairstylists giving haircuts to attendees to raise money for March of Dimes and to secure donated hair for Locks of Love. The event is was free and open to all ages.

DMU-COM Hosts Girls in Science Day

On March 8, the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) hosted its ninth annual Girls in Science Day. This year’s event drew the highest number of attendees to date with nearly 240 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls from local elementary schools. Hosted by the DMU Women's Medical Alliance, Girls in Science Day is designed to inspire interest among girls in scientific topics and careers and give them the confidence they need to pursue them. Participants spent the morning engaged in numerous hands-on experiences, from concocting Silly Putty at a chemistry station to practicing stitches on pigs' feet.

UP-KYCOM Cares Day—A Call to Service

On March 29, the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) will be hosting a community service day. SGA clubs and organizations will volunteer throughout the City of Pikeville, with a “DOs on the GO” OMT clinic as the main event. In addition to a veterans’ clinic, students will volunteer at a children’s advocacy center, the YMCA, a pregnancy care center, nursing and retirement homes and participate in a Cerebral Palsy awareness walk. Animal shelter and walking trail beautification projects are also planned.

LECOM Holds 37th Annual Primary Care CME Conference

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) held the 37th Annual Primary Care CME Conference, February 28 - March 2 in Findley Lake, NY. More than 200 physicians attended 20 hours of lectures.  Millcreek Community Hospital began holding the annual clinical lectures in 1977, and the LECOM has since continued hosting the program. The 2014 Primary Care COME Conference attracted physicians, nurses, and physician assistants from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Michigan, and is one of the largest CME conferences in the region.

NSU-COM Student is Named an AOA “Guardian of the Profession”

Carisa Champion-Lippmann, a third-year medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), was recently named a Guardian of the Profession by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The honor, which is typically reserved for physicians, recognizes DOs who advance the culture of osteopathic medicine by having served in a local, state, or national osteopathic leadership role. A guardian also demonstrates a strong sense of pride in the osteopathic medical profession and works actively to advance osteopathic medicine with colleagues and the general public.

PCOM Healthcare Center Receives IBC Foundation Grant

Marta Motel, DO, Medical Director at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Healthcare Center—Lancaster Avenue Division, and Harry Morris, DO, Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, recently accepted a donation for $50,000 from Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the IBC Foundation. The contribution will be used to help create a patient-centered medical home at the PCOM Healthcare Center.

RowanSOM Establishes New Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology

At its meeting February 19, the Board of Trustees of Rowan University approved the establishment of a new Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), effective July 1, 2014. The new department will comprise two divisions: Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Behavioral Health. The creation of a new academic department, in which New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA) faculty members will hold their primary appointments, will increase the visibility of geriatrics and gerontology at RowanSOM and open the door to an even greater role in education, research, and clinical care related to aging.

RVUCOM Students and Staff Take Mission Trip to Nepal

Seven Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students and several faculty and staff traveled to Nepal from February 24 – March 17 on a medical mission trip.   Approximately 80 patients per day are treated. The group reports that they saw cases of leprosy, ocular melanoma, and infantile stroke among many other more common ailments.  The RVUCOM team worked in villages and clinics in rural areas outside of Kathmandu, and in Goganpani and Chitwan. 

TouroCOM-NY Student Receives NMF Scholarship

Alia Sommerville, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York (TouroCOM-NY), has been awarded a scholarship from National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF), a non-profit organization that advocates for increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians in the United States. The $5,000 award was made possible by The Lincoln Fund, a long-time supporter of the NMF and its mission. The scholarship is making it possible for Ms. Sommerville, who hails from Gaithersburg, MD to further pursue her passion of practicing medicine in the area of women’s health in underserved communities.
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March 2014
Vol. 8, No. 3